Titus was a Gentile convert to Christianity who became a fellow worker and assistant to Paul in his missionary work. Paul's Letter to Titus is addressed to his young helper in Crete, who had been left there to supervise the work of the church. The letter expresses three main concerns.
First, Titus is reminded of the kind of character that church leaders should have, especially in view of the bad character of many Cretans. Next, Titus is advised how to teach the various groups in the church, the older men, the older women (who are, in turn, to teach the younger women), the young men, and the slaves. Finally, the writer gives Titus advice regarding Christian conduct, especially the need to be peaceful and friendly, and to avoid hatred, argument, and division in the church.
Outline of Contents
Church officers (1.5-16)
Duties of various groups in the church (2.1-15)
Exhortations and warning (3.1-11)
Like 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus has been called a “Pastoral Letter,” because it gives advice about what local church leaders should do to look after the spiritual needs of the people in their care.